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加拿大首次派出两艘军舰与美日共同军演

加拿大护卫舰HMCS加尔格里号和美国和日军舰在西太平洋和进行军演,加入到其他国家为遏制中国在印太地区影响力的努力。加尔格里号原本是为了追逐俄罗斯潜水艇建造的。

加尔格里号舰长布莱尔·萨特尔上尉在日本横须贺表示,“预计会有一艘或两艘军舰全年在该海域与伙伴国执行各类任务。 “

萨特尔说:“加拿大有机会展示我们有经验与我们的盟友合作。”

加拿大决定派船参加亚洲地区海军演习之际,包括英国和法国等其他国家由于担心中国的军力增长会让北京影响到关键的商业航道而在当地加强部署。,

英国今年也派出三艘军舰前往印太地区,包括海军最大的“海神之子”号两栖船坞登陆舰。在其访问日本后的回程路上,这艘22000吨级的舰船载着120名皇家海军人员从南中国海上中国声称拥有主权的岛屿附近驶过。

北京称其在这些岛屿上的部署是和平的,批评英国海军的行动是“挑衅”行为。

拥有亚洲第二大海军力量的日本今年派出加贺直升机在南中国海进行为期两个月的巡航,并与前往该地区的英国战舰一同进入印度洋。

这次两年一度的“利剑”军演共有5万7千名官兵参加了,大大超过了2016年的1万1千名军人的规模。

加拿大HMCS加尔格里号在启程回国前还将前往日本西部的佐世保市参加更多反潜战争演习,那是美日又一个重要的海上基地。

Canada Joins US, Japan in Asian Warship Drills

Built to hunt Russian submarines, Canadian frigate HMCS Calgary is instead chasing Japanese and U.S. subs in western Pacific drills as Canada joins other maritime nations in seeking to contain Chinese influence in the Indo Pacific.

“The expectation is to see one, if not two ships, on a year-round basis doing a variety of things with a variety of partners in the region,” Commander Blair Saltel, the captain of Calgary, said in Yokosuka, Japan.

“There’s an opportunity for Canada to demonstrate that we have experience working with allies within coalitions,” Saltel said.

Canada’s decision to deploy ships to Asian naval exercises comes as other nations, including Britain and France, bolster their presence in a region, fearing China’s growing military power could see vital commercial sea lanes come under Beijing’s sway.

London this year has dispatched three warships to the Indo Pacific, including its largest amphibious assault ship, HMS Albion. On its return journey west, following a visit to Japan, the 22,000 ton vessel, with a contingent of 120 Royal Marines on board, sailed close to islands claimed by China in the South China Sea.

Beijing, which says its presence on island bases there is peaceful, slammed the operation as a “provocation.”

Japan, which operates the second largest navy in Asia, this year dispatched the Kaga helicopter on a two-month tour through the South China Sea, and into Indian Ocean, where it sailed with the latest British warship to travel to the region, the Argyll.

Before returning to Canada, the Calgary this month will sail to Sasebo in western Japan, another key base for both the U.S. and Japanese navies, for more anti-submarine warfare drills.